A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Positive Growth Africa, convener of the Students’ Fortress Conference, has partnered the State Government in further boosting the education sector, with the unveiling of the Students’ Fortress Club for students in Education District 1, Agege.

At a well attended event at Agege Stadium, founder of the organization, Mr. Babs Olugbemi explained that concern for the future leadership and capacity building of the nation, led to the unveiling of the club and organization of the conference.

According to him, the failure rate of secondary school students in external examinations as ICAN, prompted him to start the initiative. If you look at the rate of failures in SSCE, WAEC, ICAN and other exams, it is alarming. In 2014, about 70 percent failed in their exams and this prompted me to write a book on ten practical ways you can pass your exams successfully. After the book, I was inspired to have this Student Fortress Conference for public schools in Lagos State.

He said the club is an academic one and will enable students mentor themselves. It would also be available online and include effective management system where students will also be effective.

Olugbemi also disclosed that expectations from the club includes a radical change in results in external examinations, in addition to students learning more about life and leadership skills.

Representative of the Deputy-Governor, Dr. Idait Oluranti Adebule, Mrs. Omolara Akin Adenbigbe, Director Administration, Ministry of Education, commended the initiative saying that it was the best initiative so far in the sense that the initiative will propel students to do better in their academics and be great leaders tomorrow as a result of what they will imbibe through the club.

She advised that the initiative should also go round to all the other Districts and schools in Lagos State. We appreciate Babs Olugbemi and Positive Growth Africa for this initiative. Lagos State cannot do it all and so, we welcome stakeholders to take up the problems in the Education Sector on behalf of the State Government. Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Education District One, Agege Dr. Yinka Ayandele, stated that without highly educated, literate, skilled, intellectually brilliant and self-confident youths, a nation is toying with its future and undermining its existential capacity. “In view of this conference is timely and well thought through intervention that will lead to the emergence of academically progressive youths, productive employees, customers and result-oriented leaders to support a strong economy”.

She noted that the State Government has actually done a lot in terms of infrastructure and therefore wants a situation where the students will mentor one another with improved conduct.